Category Archives: Outdoors

Kanakbai Resort in Dahican, Mati

By: Ria Jose

I am not a beach person, but if I were to visit one beach over and over again, it would be Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. The reason why I’m in love with Dahican is the gorgeous yet relatively deserted beach coupled with the very modern amenities of Kanakbai Resort.

First, look at the shoreline…

Shoreline in front of Kanakbai in Dahican Mati Davao Oriental

Shoreline in front of Kanakbai in Dahican

So tranquil and quiet. And yes, a bit deserted. This is right in front of Kanakbai Resort. Only a few minutes walk away from one of the most exciting surfing spots in the country.

One of the houses in Kanakbai in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

One of the houses in Kanakbai in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental


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The Vanishing Island

By: Ria Jose

Vanishing Island at the Island Garden City of Samal

Vanishing Island at the Island Garden City of Samal

One luxury we have here in Davao is our proximity to the ocean and the beach. The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) is around 10 minutes to 1 hour away depending on which part of the island you’re going to and from which wharf you’re coming from. One islet that belongs to IGACOS is the Vanishing Island.

Remember when former Binibining Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales was asked how many island there are in the Philippine archipelago? And she answered with “Low tide or high tide?” I’m not too sure if she was talking about the IGACOS Vanishing Island but it is one of those islands that vanish during high tide. When we went there for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour, it was before lunch time and the tide was still low. Lookie…

Vanishing Island during Low Tide

Vanishing Island during Low Tide
Image by Renz Bulseco of The Traveling Nomad.


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Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar

By: Ria Jose

Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar

Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar

After the wildly successful Sunday food bazaar Sabroso, Davao is bracing itself for another exciting weekend market, the Todo Merkado Weekend Bazaar. Beginning June 16, foodies and shoppers alike will have a new place to go to, the Damosa Gateway Megatent, home to Todo Merkado.

Todo Merkado will showcase the best food and shopping finds in Davao City, highlighting the enterprises of “Momtrepreneurs.” It gives a venue for home-based cooks and entrepreneurs to offer their unique creations and wares to Davaoenos.
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Islands Banca Cruises in Davao

By: Ria Jose

Take an Island Cruise on this Banca Davao City Tour

Take an Island Cruise on this Banca

After a successful launch in Cebu, Islands Banca Cruises is finally in Davao.

On a sunny afternoon, two white and orange bancas took their maiden voyages in the Davao channel, taking locals and tourists on a relaxing cruise from Davao City to the Garden City of Samal Island.

Islands Banca Cruises is the brainchild of the people behind Island Souvenirs. Realizing the need to bridge the gap and fulfil the request of Philippine tourists, Island Banca Cruises launched customized island hopping tours in Cebu. With their success in Cebu, Island Banca Cruises partnered with Davao entrepreneur Kirby Te to launch the Island Banca Cruises franchise in Davao.
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DFAT 2011 Sponsor: Philippine Eagle Center

By: Ria Jose

Philippine Eagle Foundation

Philippine Eagle Foundation

The Davao Food Appreciation Tour 2011 (DFAT) will feature some of the best treasures of Davao, its exotic flora and fauna. One of the event’s highlights is a visit and special tour at the Philippine Eagle Center where DFAT participants will take a special extended tour of the park and the Philippine Eagle Foundation‘s (PEF) facilities.
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